Drive over to University Village in Seattle, and you’ll notice that it doesn’t look quite like it used to. Now, there’s a distinct, gray tower perched above the other retail stores in the outdoor mall. The building is Restoration Hardware. The company closed its legacy store in the same shopping center and opened a new 60,000-square-foot gallery today. And, well, it’s huge.
The retail space has four different floors, all of which pay tribute to different interior design styles. When you first walk in, it’s classic. Several versions of the best-selling sofa, Cloud Modular, are displayed on this floor. Each pillow on the sofa is stuffed with 8.2 pounds of goose down. Sitting down on one is easy, getting up is hard.
The staircase in the store, which sits below 20 hanging chandeliers, leads to a modern floor, a floor with rows and rows of Ben Soleimani rugs, and an outdoor terrace that looks out on all of University Village. The staff at RH says guests are welcome to grab a coffee from across the street and lounge on the terrace with friends.
RH works with designers from around the world to provide work in the galleries. One of them is Jon Sarriugarte. When CEO Gary Friedman was dining in a Oakland restaurant called Camino, he wanted to know who had produced the light fixture over their table. It was Sarriugarte. Not long after that, the Oakland artist (who also designs projects for Burning Man) was working with RH to produce more light fixtures. His Camino candelabra (named after the restaurant) is one of his most popular pieces. RH also carries one-of-a-kind framed artwork.
If the gallery sounds overwhelming, RH has in-house interior designers who can help you navigate the choices.